Father God we thank you that your Spirit is in us. Thank you that when we become a new creation that you put your Spirit in us and begin to guide and use us. Lord open our eyes to the reality of who you say we are, and work in our hearts to change us into who you see us to be…
READ 2 Corinthians 3:1-3
“Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our[a] hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
2 Corinthians 3:3
- As Paul writes to the Corinthian church, what does he call them?
- Who was the letter from?
- Who was the letter to?
- Who was used to write the letter?
- On what was the letter written?
- What story of transformation has the Spirit written on your heart?
- How can you be a letter from Christ today?
Dear Father God, you have put your Spirit in our hearts for a purpose. Yes – to reconcile us to you and to seal us for eternity – but also so that we can be your letter to the world. A letter from Christ and written by you. Lord work in our lives today so that we can be a witness to your love for us and for the world. May you use us as you used Paul to encourage others and to show them a picture of who you are. May we be open to your guiding today and every day so that our lives will be a living sacrifice and evidence of your glory. In Jesus name…amen!
As we start this new year, God has put it on my heart to pray scripture in the coming days. There will be a slight change to my format, but I hope you will join me in raising our voices in prayer.
Dear God, please place up on our heart just how to pray for ourselves, as well as who you would have us pray for. Lord may you direct our words and guide our thoughts as we come before you in prayer.
READ Titus 3:1-7
“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
- Write down the actions that Paul asks Titus to remind the believers.
- Why is it important for for believers to be gentle and courteous to all people (v. 3 -5)?
- God is full of mercy and love – what is the result of our transformation?
- We are heirs according to the hope of eternal life – what joy that we have been saved and have new life. Who do you want to be reborn in this way. Write a prayer asking the Lord to work in their lives, and ask Him to show you how He can use you to share the hope that you have.
- Remember to pray for this person (people) throughout the week, as well as to live out Paul’s reminders to the believers.
Dear Father God we praise you for your mercy and grace that you have lavished on us. Lord we were one disobedient and foolish, but thanks to your loving kindness and the regeneration of the Holy Spirit we have been justified and have become heirs to the hope of eternal life. Alleluia! Lord help us to live out this reality of your love and mercy each day by being obedient to rulers and being prepared for every good work. Help us keep you as our focus waiting for your guidance and direction, waiting for the works that you have prepared for us to do. Lord we know that what comes out of our mouth reveals what is in our hearts. Lord continue to transform us so that what we say is gentle, not quarrelsome or evil. May our words build one another up, encourage and bring you glory. In Jesus Name! Amen!
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Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you through this time today
Read Romans 12:9-21
Building on our thoughts from last week on transformation. I was thinking that we could pray this week for God to work on a specific attribute in us. As you read through Romans 12:9-21 choose an attribute and ask the Lord to cultivate it in you. Try to pray continually throughout the day. Ask the Spirit to show you where you need to change the way you think, speak & act. Then, pursue Him & allow Him to change you.
- Take time to write each day about what the Lord is revealing to you as you continue to seek His transformation!
Praying that the Lord would guide you as He works in your heart and mind to transform your life! It is not always easy to think we need to change, and certainly it is not so easy to actually change! But, you can be certain that what the Lord will transform you into is far better than where you are now. Praying for you!
Take time to pray and ask God to speak to you through His Holy Spirit.
Read Romans 8:5-6
“…to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
Mindfulness is the new buzzword. It is supposed to help you focus, calm your mind, and help you put life into perspective. But, I know better. There is nothing in my own mind that will alone bring focus or calm.
God has a better way!
- It does matter what you set your mind on! How does this passage direct us to focus our minds?
- What is the result of a mind set on “the flesh”?
- What is the result of a mind set on the Spirit?
- Look up Philippians 4:8 – how are we directed to think?
- Consider the list from the Philippians passage – are the things you are watching, reading or listening to that direct you to focus on the ways of the world?
- Take time to ask the Spirit to refocus your mind to the ways of the Spirit, and continue to pursue a mind set on the Spirit.
Praying that the Lord would work in your hearts and minds to transform you and your life. May your mind be set on the Spirit and may He bring you life and peace!
Read 2 Timothy 1:7
TAKE TIME TO PRAY BEFORE YOU BEGIN…
God did not leave us here on earth alone to fend for ourselves. No! If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, the Spirit of the Living God lives in you! It is not a Spirit of fear – no, it is a Spirit of Power & Love & Self Control. In a time where much uncertainty waits around every corner. We can be certain that we have been given the ability to overcome our fears by His power is in us!
- In light of the events of the past few weeks, what comfort does this verse bring you?
- God’s power God’s Love God’s Self Control are all available to you through His Spirit that dwells within you. How can it be… and yet it is! Pray now and ask the Spirit to guide you through your day, to increase each of these attributes in you.
- How does this change the way you think about your daily tasks or callings in your life?
As Christians, we have to live as the Spirit-filled, Spirit-powered, Spirit-guided, Spirit-controlled, Spirit-loving people that we are. Take time to prayerfully live out this Spirit power in your life today. Praying for you.
TAKE TIME TO PRAY BEFORE YOU BEGIN…
It is really impossible to comprehend God’s power! But we are told that we can see it simply by looking at His creation (Romans 1:20). He maintains all power – as He is sovereign over every grain of sand, every drop of rain, every hair on your head and every event in your life. Power is both a thing and an action. We can can have power or power can propel us forward. After looking up the word in the dictionary power reveals itself in three different forms – Control Strength Energy. Isn’t that at little glimpse of God – Control…Strength…Energy?
Here are just a few verses that speak of God’s power.
Really I think I could suggest to see God’s power read Genesis 1 – Revelation 22.
Genesis 1 Romans 1:20 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
2 Corinthians 4:7 Colossians 2:12 Micah 3:8 Hebrews 1:1-3 Luke 9:37-42
- His power is all encompassing. Pick a favorite verse about God’s power and write about how and why it impacted you.
- Take comfort in knowing that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. Where in your life do you need to claim His power.
- When you come to know Jesus the Spirit of the living God dwells in you. It is this power that equips and enables us to overcome (Colossians 2:12). Write down – the Power of God dwells in me and I claim His power over______.
We are merely human – imperfect and powerless. Yet… His Spirit in us – now that it power. This is a beautiful song about exactly that. Jeremy Camp – Same Power.
My His power enable, equip and guide you as you trust in Him! Praying for you…
Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.
“God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out.
He created the earth and everything in it.
He gives breath to everyone,
life to everyone who walks the earth.”
- You are created! Crafted perfectly (Psalm 139) by the Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are created… He is Creator – who do you choose to rely on for your strength?
- Take time now to trust Him who gives life and breath. Praise His name for this day & for His Spirit that lives in you.
May you pour out your praise as you trust Him for the light in the darkness, His love, grace, mercy & your very breath. Praying for you!